BrushStroke

by Craig Casterline February. 24, 2021 275 views

Mike Linehan recently shared a photo that he had processed through the BrushStroke app — which is what I love about PhotoBlog, the ability to share. I got myself a copy (it is only for iOS and it does cost) and fortunately a friend of mine had given me his old iPad (my first Apple device). So, started playing with it and was extremely impressed with the variety of styles and variations you can use with it. I have included a few samples with fit my artistic taste, but there are some much more experimental styles as well. You can see the brush strokes, control the thickness of the paint, and change the material painted on. These are all on a canvas background with medium paint thickness.

Aside from being a lot of fun, I see one definite use for this app: Rescuing images that have a good subject by may be a bit soft with the focus. I have my share of those that would make great paintings but are disappointing as photos.

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Riff Devin 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting effect. I'm not sure how I feel about it personally - but then I do enjoy wielding my own watercolour brushes as well and this app would detract from it I feel but I can see how it might appeal to a lot of people. I believe (I need to investigate further and I will do) that you can achieve a very similar effect in Affinity Photo. I'll try and keep you posted on that for those like me who are Apple free zones.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Riff Devin 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I can appreciate your feelings, but for those of us who are artistically challenged, it can be fun. I really like the idea of trying to use it to recover photos that missed their focus. That could really be useful.

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 grabbed my attention and to be honest, I like both the original and what you have done in the painting version. Love the colors in the painted version. While I find #2 & #3 equally nice, #4 is actually my second most favorite. The dragon really stands out in the painted version. And another toy to add to the repertoire smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It certainly is. What is interesting is that shots that work for photography don't necessarily work well for painting and vice versa. Photos can handle much more detail so not all your favorite photos fare well as paintings, though I would guess your photo of the pears would do very well.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Craig Casterline 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Be my guest if you want to try your hand at painting the pears smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Will do. I'll have it up a little later.

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Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Too bad this is for Apple only. I'm not an Apple person. It looks like a really good app to have in my toolbox. 😟

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I would have said the same thing about two months ago. In my opinion, the app is worth getting a used iPad just to use it.

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Helen Anders 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this- I will definitely check it out! I really like the dragon painting!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Helen Anders 2 months, 2 weeks ago

There is such a wide variety of painting styles. It is a lot of fun.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Helen Anders Replied to Craig Casterline 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Looking forward to checking it out! 😊

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Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Very nice!  Reminds me of the Snap Art program by Exposure.art  Something about photo art that really appeals to me. Maybe because I could never paint without numbers.smile

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Craig Casterline Replied to Chuck Staruch 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I really like it too for much the same reason. That is probably why I turn to photography to create art.

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